Buckhaven Bonfire plans coming together

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Buckhaven is set to host its first bonfire night in more than a decade, thanks to the work of the local community council.

When Buckhaven and Denbeath Community Council was established earlier this year, one of its primary aims was to bring back the once-popular local event.

On November 4, that aim will be achieved. Buckhaven Braes will host the bonfire night, with fireworks, stalls and fairground attractions all organised for the night.

It will be the culmination of months of hard work by its volunteers, who have given up their time to arrange the event.

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The night will kick off at 6.30pm with entertainment from Kingdom FM.

Those attending are encouraged to walk or get the bus as there will be limited parking, and bring a torch as it will be dark.

They have received the support of the community, with dozens of volunteers signing up to help and numerous local businesses, such as Buckhaven Building Supplies and Levenmouth Printers, offering support.

“The amount of shares and feedback we’ve had has been amazing,” said Michelle Ratcliffe, co-chair of the community council.

“The community has been behind us.”

Michelle and treasurer Shona Lumsden said the community council wanted to organise the event to help lift spirits in the area.

Michelle added: “The amount of messages we’ve had from people saying that their kids have never seen a bonfire is unbelievable. It’s quite sad.”

If the event is a success, the community council hope to make it an annual event again. After securing £10,000 from Fife Council for this year’s event, donations will go towards next year’s bonfire night.

Councillor Ryan Smart said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic. The work that everyone in the community council has done to achieve this shows a tremendous amount of community spirit and hopefully this well be the first of many events in Buckhaven.”